This will be the back page for the Sunday, July 22, 2018 (9th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B) bulletin at Fishkill United Methodist Church.
What do Southern Methodist University, Duke University, and Boston University have in common? They are three of over 100 colleges and universities supported by the United Methodist Church.
Now, it does beg a question. When SMU plays Baylor University (a Baptist institution) in football, or Duke plays Wake Forest (another Baptist institution) in basketball, or Boston University plays Boston College (a Roman Catholic institution) in hockey, who does God root for?
I graduated from Nicholas Blackwell High School in Bartlett, TN. The school mascot is “The Panthers”, the school colors are red and blue, and the fight song is “Down the Field”. I don’t know why the Panthers were selected as the mascot, but the school colors are the same as the University of Mississippi and the fight song was the same as the University of Tennessee. It was a merger of several ideas that produced the sports identity of Bartlett High School.
Now, Paul points out that when you proclaim that you are a Christian, you forsake your national identity or heritage (a point not often understood today).
And as a people without a national identity, we reach out to all the people, no matter who they may be.
~Tony Mitchell (I root for Truman State [’71], Missouri [’75], and Iowa [’90], but you already knew that!)